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By Thomas H. Cook

In Thomas H. Cook’s Edgar Award–nominated first novel, a weary detective tracks a blood-crazed psychopath
Blood seeps into the gutters on the children’s zoo in relevant Park. deer were slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite slashed around the neck. commonly it'd be a case for the Parks division, yet those aren't any traditional deer. The satisfaction of the small menagerie, they got to the zoo by way of a fashionable socialite who can't come up with the money for bloody headlines. The NYPD arms the case to Detective Reardon, celebrity of the murder squad.
A contemporary widower at fifty-six, Reardon has visible too many human sufferers to care a lot concerning the butchered animals. He resents being taken off different urgent circumstances for the sake of politics, yet quickly one other killing snaps him to awareness. ladies are stumbled on useless of their residence, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite together with her throat minimize. definitely this vicious parallel isn’t a coincidence.…

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Piccolini cleared his throat and shifted slightly in his seat. From the earliest days of their association together Reardon had noticed that Piccolini was seldom unnerved by seeing the results of a crime or by the brutal details of investigating it, but that he did not like to describe a crime to others. Rendering it into language removed it from that remote spot it occupied in his mind. It was only in describing a crime that Piccolini seemed compelled by its reality. “Somebody killed them,” Piccolini said.

Piccolini squinted through a puff of smoke. ” “I don’t know,” Reardon said. ” “One of the deer died instantly,” Reardon added dryly. Piccolini leaned forward in his chair. “Reardon, I told you this is an important case. This may be the biggest thing in the city right now. ” “So you have a great record with the department. ” Reardon shrugged. ” “The Lamprey case was memory,” Piccolini said, “remembering details from way back. ” Reardon did not know where this was supposed to be leading. Rehashing old cases had never appealed to him.

David Lowery was last seen alive by a few of his playmates in an alley off East 83rd Street,” Reardon began. He handed Darrow the folder. “Three hours later his body was found stuffed in the trunk of an abandoned car on 122nd Street. ” Darrow’s face hardened. ” “Six years old. He was a small child for his age. ” “Jesus Christ,” Darrow said. “The car had been sitting on 122nd Street for a few days,” Reardon said. “The owner is a grocery store manager up in Yonkers. He reported the car stolen quite some time ago.

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